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  1. I know, right? World's gone mad! Makes one long for the good old days, doesn't it?
  2. TBH the books are more character than location driven, though I can see why they would try to build the world more in the TV show. Speaking personally as someone who thinks empathy is key to understanding, reading a book depicting a scenario where you are the second-class citizen in an entirely plausible way is a good way of examining just exactly how that would feel and so leads to greater understanding of just how it would feel for an "other" group, too. Of course, the folks that need a dose of that empathy (the "we were never asked" crowd) are not likely to wish to consume such media anyway and will remain in their bubble, which is sad.
  3. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53315008 So, in addition to losing her job and her dog, she's now possibly going to face jail time. Thing is though, sort out the US fuzz and the way they operate and this is never a problem in the first place rather than being the heavily implied death threat that it was. She doesn't get nailed to the wall by the internet, the guy doesn't get to wonder if he's going to become just another "mistake" that the police have made against people of colour. Everyone wins.
  4. Fair point. Sometimes I think people underestimate how smart semi-legal economic enterprise can be in terms of staying just ahead of the law. Most often the people running the show are clued up and either keep their hands clean or are connected with the right people, or both. Perhaps I've been watching too many eps of The Wire again recently but I can see pretty easily how easily it would fly in real life and it's hardly a stretch to think that the corruption is there in at least some ways.
  5. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53309424 Some French folks taking tips from across the Atlantic, then. Horrible stuff.
  6. I remember reading the books way back when - a darkly fascinating look at how things might have played out if the roles of colonisation had been reversed. The show was a decent depiction of it IMO.
  7. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53306809 Another situation where the UK need to tread carefully - the Chinese government is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin (see Hong Kong) but this matter in particular is one where the current US administration could easily be blowing smoke with next to no fire for it's own distinctly untrustworthy and self-interested controlling purposes. As Mr Inkster in the article says, the UK needs to move adroitly to try and not get involved in the current pissing contest between the US and the PRC.
  8. Can only speak for my own take here, but it kinda started when white women calling the cops on black people for entirely spurious reasons in the US began to be recorded and examined in greater detail. I think it got sort of seamlessly integrated into the existing idea of a Karen because there's a fair amount of overlap between the type that will demand to see the manager and the type who will happily sic the fuzz onto black folks who are mostly minding their own business. That all being said, not really sure how much it has to do with life in the UK, though, thanks to the UK fuzz being, you know, no longer institutionally racist - mostly, anyhow. FWIW I don't think it's a bad thing that the Beeb are having these type of conversations because anything that draws more attention to the way the police treat people of colour in the US and as such has even a slim chance of pushing for change there is worth pursuing, I reckon.
  9. Well, the whole function of prison around the world and the degree that it is focused on either punishment or rehabilitation is a whole debate in of itself.
  10. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53303990 Not really sure what to think about this one. I'd like the perp to not see the light of day for as long as humanly possible given what he did, but if keeping him in Korea helps prevent other people doing what he did, then it's probably worth the slightly lesser prison time he'd get there instead.
  11. Apparently there is a new group of UK "concerned citizens" (you might say) called Patriotic Alternative who enjoy, well, long windy walks with banners, it would seem. Their motto is allegedly "We Were Never Asked". Imagine having an ego so over-inflated that you think your permission (as that group alone, that is) for decisions on race relations and the like is either desired or required.
  12. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/2-people-hit-by-car-on-i-5-in-downtown-seattle-during-protest/ Ugh.
  13. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53292585 ....the point of all this is?
  14. What happened here? Don't see it in the other threads. The only thing I'll say is something that's been said before: if a person allows at least some of the stuff being done in the name of BLM to so easily distract them from the cause for which it was originally raised, then it's likely they didn't care much for the original cause nor the people involved in the first place.
  15. People would wear masks outdoors on days when the pollution was a problem (mostly springtime), but not often otherwise as they were not needed. However, when all of this broke and Korea became the first country outside China to see a really rapid uptick, masks were quickly adopted as a potential solution and people were ok with the (mild) inconvenience of wearing them due to their utility. And, by and large, they still are. So I don't think it was really culturally ingrained before all of this began, but it was something that was used sometimes and then became adopted out of pragmatism more than anything else.
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